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Handover and repatriation of skulls of deceased members of the Herero and Nama ethnic groups from Namibia

27.09.2011

In the week of 26 September to 3 October, a Namibian delegation led by the Namibian Minister for Youth, Sport, and Culture Kazenambo Kazenambo is visiting Germany. The delegation also includes other government representatives and representatives from the Herero and Nama ethnic groups.

The reason for the visit by the Namibian delegation is the repatriation to Namibia of skulls of deceased members of the Herero and Nama ethnic groups. The skulls had been transported to Germany during the period of German colonial rule.

The skulls will be handed over to the Namibian Government by representatives of the Charité in a ceremony appropriate to their historical and cultural importance.

The handover ceremony will be hosted by Prof. Einhäupl, Chairman of the Charité’s Executive Board. Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office Cornelia Pieper will give a speech as the representative of the German Government.

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